Australian Aboriginal English and links with culture
Place of Publication
School of Arts and Humanities
Indigenous Australians once spoke up to 300 languages but today, for the most part, speak varieties of Aboriginal English and/or creole. Aboriginal English is a post‐pidgin/post‐creole dialect, distinct from Australian English in phonology, grammar, lexicon, and semantics and showing both formal and conceptual continuity with Indigenous languages as well as with pidgin and creole. The TESOL profession in Australia recognizes that, for speakers of Aboriginal English in the context of an education system based on Standard Australian English (SAE), a bidialectal (English as an Additional Dialect) approach needs to be taken, drawing on linguistic and cultural resources from both Indigenous and mainstream speech communities.